Matt Eisenberg is an editor both for SNY and espnW. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2014.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday's lineup so he could undergo X-rays on his elbow after he was hit by a pitch in Wednesday's game, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Luckily, it looks like Bird will be just fine.
According to Newsday's David Lennon, manager Aaron Boone said the X-rays and CT scan that Bird received in Tampa came back negative. The Yankees, then, will have Bird rest to allow the swelling to subside.
Manager Aaron Boone said he thought Bird could have played today, but sent him back for precautionary measures, adding he was worried that Bird playing through soreness could affect his mechanics, according to Adler. Yankees GM Brian Cashman expects Bird to be day-to-day, telling Adler the X-rays are "routine."
Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Giants GM Dave Gettleman have a bitter history dating back to their days in Carolina.
After New York let Landon Collins walk and agree to a six-year, $84 million deal with the Redskins on Monday, Norman threw shade at Gettleman, who infamously rescinded the franchise tag on him prior to the 2016 season, by expressing his delight in seeing a top defender join one of Gettleman's NFC East rivals.
Tags: Landon Collins, Matt Eisenberg
As Clint Frazier competes for a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, manager Aaron Boone said he believes the one thing Frazier needs is consistent playing time.
"He needs to play every day,'' Boone said Thursday, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "That doesn't necessarily mean they don't come here. We expect him to impact our club this year."
Though Frazier, who is 3-for-18 with one RBI through eight Grapefruit League games this spring, said he is healthy from his concussion recovery, a spot on New York's 25-man roster in three weeks is not guaranteed.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird is slashing .389/.500/.722 with one home run and three RBIs through eight spring training games.
Teammate Luke Voit is hitting .286/.412/.714 with two home runs and five RBIs, and has noticeably improved his defense, through eight Grapefruit League games as well.
Yet manager Aaron Boone isn't ready to declare a favorite in the Yankees' first base competition, for which there is likely only one spot on the 25-man roster.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he could envision his team using openers on some circumstances, especially considering two starting pitchers are dealing with injuries.
With Luis Severino being shut down for two weeks due to rotator cuff inflammation and CC Sabathia expected to start the season on the injured list, Boone said on Wednesday he wouldn't rule out the use of openers -- using relief pitchers to pitch the first inning or two of a game in an assurance to face the opponents' 1-3 hitters -- in 2019.
"I could see it being something we consider from time to time," Boone said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "I don't see it a lot, but yeah, I could see it coming into play on certain occasions."
Tags: Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley, Matt Eisenberg
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins said "it'd be a dream come true" if the Giants drafted him next month.
The odds of that happening are favorable, according to one sportsbook.
The Giants are considered favorites to draft Haskins in the NFL Draft in April, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. New York's odds are at +220, while the teams with the next-best odds are the Jaguars (+550), Redskins (+600) and Dolphins (+600).
Carlos Gomez is finally with the Mets again.
Four years after his trade deadline deal infamously fell through, Gomez signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Friday, SNY.tv's Andy Martino confirmed. The deal is pending a physical.
Gomez, 33, slashed .208/.298/.336 with nine home runs, 32 RBIs and 12 stolen bases with the Tampa Bay Rays last season.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone called center fielder Aaron Hicks "the most underrated player in the game" over the weekend.
Now he and the Yankees hope he can be one of the franchise's cornerstone players into the next decade.
"This is where I want to be," Hicks said on WFAN to Mike Francesa on Monday afternoon, hours after he signed a seven-year, $70 million contract extension that will keep him in pinstripes until at least 2025.
The Knicks snapped their 18-game home losing streak and now "trail" the Phoenix Suns by 1.5 games for the worst record in the NBA with a 130-118 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.
And renowned Knicks fan Spike Lee seemed thrilled.
Lee found out about the Knicks' victory during the Oscars when Samuel L. Jackson announced it on stage.
Luke Voit burst onto the scene last August and September to earn the Yankees' starting first baseman job.
He's on a mission to prove he won't be a one-time wonder.
"I think everyone thinks last year was a fluke probably," Voit said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III, after hitting a three-run homer in his spring training debut Sunday against the Rays. "But like I said, I am not going to let anyone else control what they think about me. Get the job done and be the first baseman for the Yankees."
Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Matt Eisenberg
Brett Gardner, the longest-tenured Yankees player, debuted in 2008 and won a World Series in 2009.
Though he and the Yankees haven't won a World Series since, he's optimistic in their chances in 2019.
"I think we're better this year than we were (in 2018)," Gardner told reporters on Thursday morning. "Obviously the season hasn't started. But at this point, I think we've got a better group of guys in place than we've had -- maybe than I've ever seen."
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Eisenberg
James Paxton threw a career-high 160 1/3 innings with the Mariners last season, 24 1/3 innings more than his previous high the year before.
Now that he's with the Yankees, Paxton has a loftier goal.
"My goal is to get to the 200-inning range," Paxton said, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. "I understand the bullpening and leverage, but I wonder if those relievers who are being pushed to constant two- and three-inning stints will run out of gas. I think it is still up to starters to provide innings."
Adam Ottavino went to high school in Brooklyn but went to college in Boston. Now that he's one of the newest Yankees relievers, he's proud to be directly involved in one of the biggest rivalries in sports.
Upon signing a three-year, $27 million deal with New York this offseason, the newest Yankees reliever is glad to be part of the team he rooted for as a kid.
"It's cool, it's a thrill," Ottavino said. "It's a team I grew up watching and rooting for and it's just a great opportunity for me."
The Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki on a one-year minimum deal this offseason once the Toronto Blue Jays released him, and manager Aaron Boone believes the 34-year-old shortstop can recover from double heel surgery to make a significant impact with New York.
"We feel like he's in a good place and over some of the injuries that really plagued him over the last year and a half, two years,'' Boone said during Wednesday's press conference. "We'll try to be vigilant as far as how his schedule goes and obviously communicating with him. We'll develop a plan that kind of evolves a little bit."
Veteran relief pitcher Danny Farquhar vowed to return to the baseball diamond from a life-threatening brain hemorrhage and ruptured aneurysm he suffered last year.
And there's a four-game window in June he's eyeing.
Farquhar, who hasn't pitched since last April when he suffered a season-ending brain hemorrhage, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees earlier this month with an invite to spring training.
Mike Mussina still can't get used to the fact he can call himself a Hall of Famer.
On his sixth year on the ballot, Mussina received 76.7 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America's vote, and will join Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez and the late Roy Halladay in Cooperstown.
But Mussina has a question to answer: Which cap will he don?
CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo knew exactly what calls the Patriots were calling before they happened in Sunday's AFC championship game.
Maybe his psychic abilities will translate to baseball free agency.
Bryce Harper, one of the biggest free agents still available in the open market, thinks Romo knows where he'll play on Opening Day.
Former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo sees some similarities between Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
Considering what Manning was able to accomplish with Adam Gase, the newest Jets head coach, that bodes well for Darnold.
Romo praised the Jets for hiring Gase and believes Darnold can take his game to the next level with Gase.
Tags: Sam Darnold, Matt Eisenberg
After Jets safety Jamal Adams intimated he thinks USC offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is the best candidate to coach the Jets next season, he explained why:
Because he can help develop Sam Darnold.
"He's an offensive-minded coach," Adams said on WFAN's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "He's going to bring swagger. He's going to develop Sam into a great quarterback. Look at his track record."
Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Matt Eisenberg
The Mets don't know exactly when outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will return from double heel surgery, and Omar Minaya, special assistant to the GM, echoed that sentiment.
"Right now, there's not a specific timetable to date," Minaya said on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. "But he had those two operations. Usually we don't like getting into specific timetables. We just want to get him back, and if he comes back, anything -- if he gives us anything this year, that is gravy. We're happy for that."
New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last month he views Cespedes, who underwent surgery to remove bone calcification from his right heel on Aug. 2 and his left heel on Oct. 26, as "the ultimate trade deadline piece," suggesting the 33-year-old slugger could return at some point in the second half.
Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Eisenberg
Aaron Rodgers ranks outside the top five in passing yards. His 23 passing touchdowns and 97.2 passer rating have him outside the top 10.
And yet, the Jets defense knows what the legendary Packers quarterback is capable of.
"Man, I guarantee that No. 12, 'A-Rod,' whatever you want to call him, he will be there,'' Jets safety Jamal Adams said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, ahead of Sunday's matchup against Green Bay. "He will be at MetLife. He's coming to play. Man, that guy, he can sit back in the pocket with no legs and have one shoulder and throw the ball. He's amazing.''
CC Sabathia will receive his $500,000 bonus after all.
The 38-year-old Sabathia was ejected two innings shy of hitting the 155-inning mark for the 2018 season, which would have triggered a $500,000 incentive in his contract.
In his last regular-season start, Sabathia had thrown just 55 pitches through five scoreless innings. But after hitting Jake Bauers with a pitch in the fifth inning, the Tampa Bay Rays' Andrew Kittredge threw a fastball behind Yankees catcher Austin Romine's head in the sixth inning.
Tags: CC Sabathia, Tampa Bay Rays, Matt Eisenberg
The Yankees were reportedly "absolutely convinced" RHP Luis Severino tipped his pitches in 2018, most notably in Game 3 of the ALDS.
There seems to be some video that backs up that claim.
Severino's arm slot did not changed based on the pitches he threw, according to USA TODAY's Andrew Joseph, however when he got into the set position, his hands rested higher up on his belt for fastballs than it did on his off-speed pitches, according to YES Network.
Sure, Robinson Cano is the more high-profile name in the blockbuster Mets-Mariners trade. But Edwin Diaz, the 24-year-old All-Star closer, is the real star the Mets received.
Diaz led the league with 57 saves last season and recorded 124 strikeouts, a 1.96 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 73.1 innings with Seattle.
And last year wasn't a fluke. He has a career 2.64 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 109 saves in three seasons while striking out 14.2 batters per nine innings since debuting in 2016.
Knicks guard Trey Burke scored a game-high 29 points off the bench, none bigger than his dagger 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to seal Wednesday's 117-109 win over the Boston Celtics.
"He carried us home," head coach David Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.
New York, which led by as many as 26 points in the first half, saw its lead cut to 112-109 late in the fourth quarter after a Jaylen Brown free throw.
But on the Knicks' following possession and the shot clock running down, Burke hit a straightaway 3-pointer over Jayson Tatum that made it a two-possession game and silenced the TD Garden crowd.
Tags: Boston Celtics, Trey Burke, Matt Eisenberg
Knicks forward Enes Kanter is one of the biggest trolls in the NBA. From last year's incidents with LeBron James to posting a doctored image of commissioner Adam Silver in a Warriors uniform, he hasn't shied away from taking on anyone.
In Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he had a taste of his own medicine.
Former teammate Steven Adams trolled Kanter by telling Knicks head coach David Fizdale during a stoppage, "Sub him out, he can't play defense."
"It's the only time I get to bloody see him, to be honest, mate," Adams said after the Thunder beat New York on Thursday, according to The Oklahoman's Maddie Lee.
A Yankee player could be named American League Rookie of the Year for the second straight season ... if they can beat out Shohei Ohtani.
Third baseman Miguel Andujar and second baseman Gleyber Torres were both named finalists for the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday.
To say each of them had a successful rookie campaign would be an understatement.
After the 49ers beat the Raiders on Thursday night, the Giants are now in line for the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
At 1-7, the Giants are tied with the Raiders for the worst record in the NFL, however because they have a greater strength of schedule through eight games with Oakland, they don't hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 pick.
Entering Thursday, the 49ers were 1-7 and the Raiders were 1-6, but Nick Mullens, who entered the 2018 season as San Francisco's third-string quarterback, led the 49ers by throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns in his NFL debut.
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield was ranked the top prospect in the organization while outfielder Estevan Florial was ranked second, according to Baseball America.
Baseball America ranked RHP Jonathan Loaisiga third, outfielder Everson Pereira fourth and catcher Anthony Seigler fifth.
Outfielder Antonio Cabello (eighth) and RHPs Mike King (sixth), Deivi Garcia (seventh), Roansy Contreras (eighth) and Albert Abreu (10th) rounded out the top 10.
Before he was officially captain of the Yankees, Derek Jeter became Mr. November.
Seventeen years ago on this date, Jeter lifted the Yankees with a walk-off home run off Arizona Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the World Series.
Though the Knicks have yet to set a definitive timetable for Kristaps Porzingis' return, the 23-year-old forward has impressed new head coach David Fizdale with how he's tried to help younger players in practice.
"He's been awesome to have in the gym," Fizdale said Monday. "It's like having another coach. The film sessions, he speaks up as much as any coach on our staff, and what he says is exactly what we need said."
Porzingis, who is entering his fourth season since being the No. 4 pick in 2015, will play under his fourth coach in as many years.
Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Matt Eisenberg
The Jets' defense dedicated Sunday's 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos to defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who was absent due to what head coach Todd Bowles called a "serious illness."
"We had a brother down, and that was our message," safety Jamal Adams said, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello. "We wanted to play for him. I know he is smiling right now. [I'm sure] he was excited the way we played, and we can't wait to get him back."
Bowles called plays in Rodgers' absence on Sunday, and the Jets sacked Broncos quarterback Case Keenum four times and held them to 10 points through three quarters. They stopped the Broncos on third down 10 of 14 times and prevented them from converting on their lone fourth-down attempt.
Tags: Denver Broncos, Matt Eisenberg
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks and manager Aaron Boone are both hopeful the 29-year-old outfielder will return to the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday after he aggravated a hamstring injury in Game 1.
"I feel good," Hicks told reporters on Sunday. "When I woke up today, things are just going well. When I was walking around, everything felt pretty much normal."
Hicks, who hit .248 with 27 home runs and 79 RBIs in the regular season, left Friday's Game 1 with a hamstring injury and did not play in Game 2. An MRI came back clean, however the Yankees want to be cautious.
Tags: Aaron Hicks, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
Jets running back Isaiah Crowell credited everyone but himself after he broke the franchise single-game rushing record in Sunday's 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos.
"I gotta give all the credit to the O-line," Crowell said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "I can't take the credit. Really, the holes were open. Anybody could've ran through them. It just happened to be me. ... I felt like [offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates] basically committed to the run, and I feel like our O-line did their thing."
Crowell totaled a career-high 219 rushing yards on 15 carries, which according to ESPN's Rich Cimini set the NFL record for yards per carry in a game (14.6). His highlight Sunday was a 77-yard touchdown run in a 21-point second quarter that sparked New York.
Tags: Bilal Powell, Denver Broncos, Matt Eisenberg
Despite having a 5.57 ERA in the second half of the season and throwing four-plus innings in the wild-card game, Yankees RHP Luis Severino is confident he can give New York a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday.
"I feel like in baseball it's more important [in] the second half than the first half," Severino said at Sunday's press conference. "I don't know why that is, but I always have confidence in myself. I know my struggle, and I know what it was that wasn't working that time. So I never lose my confidence in myself. The last couple outings, I came back and doing a better job."
The 24-year-old Severino, who has pitched more than five innings just once in five postseason starts, faces Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox, a team against whom he has gone 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in five starts this season.
Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold wrote a first-person letter to the official team site reflecting on New York's 1-3 start and how he's handled the transition from USC to the NFL. He wants you to know three things:
He doesn't only look up to Josh McCown and Joe Namath
Despite beating out the veteran McCown in the preseason, the 21-year-old Darnold said he looked to McCown as a mentor.
Tags: Josh McCown, Matt Eisenberg
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson spent 12 hours in jail in January after his second arrest in eight months. He told ESPN's Rich Cimini that night "felt like forever."
And in the words of his uncle, Daniel Harris, "I think that last arrest pretty much woke him up."
Reflecting on his troubled past, Anderson told Cimini he doesn't want to let his arrests define him on or off the football field.
Tags: Robby Anderson, Matt Eisenberg
Sam Darnold started his NFL career in perhaps the most Jets way possible: with a pick-six.
Darnold's first NFL pass attempt was picked off by Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs and returned 37 yards for a touchdown.
Before the season, Yankees RHP Chance Adams was ranked among the top 100 prospects by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.
But despite a disappointing season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Adams is likely to make his MLB debut Saturday when the Yankees, whose rotation is in flux, face the Red Sox in the third game of a crucial four-game series.
So what does Adams bring to the table?
Tags: Chance Adams, Matt Eisenberg
Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's 7-2 win over the Royals, and the Yankee Stadium crowd held its collective breath.
When he came up again in the third inning, there was a sense of relief. But when Miguel Andujar pinch hit for him in the fourth inning, that's when tension began to build.
Later in the game, before the team announced Judge would miss at least three weeks with a chip fracture in his right wrist, Yankee fans showed their support in perhaps the most 2018 fashion imaginable: by holding a "candlelight vigil" with their phones.
Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects are faring in the minors...
Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018
The 23-year-old Alonso has struggled in July, hitting just .200 this month, as his batting line with Triple-A Las Vegas has dropped to .205/.327/.475. In 98 games with both Las Vegas and Double-A Binghamton this season, the 2016 second-round pick is hitting .275 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs.
Given he won't be attempting to defend his Home Run Derby crown, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is looking to relax and take in the All-Star Game festivities in his second go around.
The 26-year-old Yankees slugger, one of the top three leading vote-getters among American League outfielders, will bat sixth and start in left field for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Though he said "it's been a while" since he last batted sixth -- Sept. 10, 2017, was the last time, he said he was glad he was starting for the second year a row.
Tags: Aaron Judge, Matt Eisenberg
After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.
However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.
After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.
However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.
Outfielder Dustin Fowler will get his at-bat at Yankee Stadium ... just as a member of the Oakland A's.
The highly-touted prospect, whom the Yankees dealt last summer as part of the Sonny Gray trade, was promoted to the majors for the second time in his career earlier this week and will make his next MLB start during this weekend's A's-Yankees series.
"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."
Fowler's first stint in the majors didn't last one full inning.
In addition to praising running back Saquon Barkley by saying he has Hall of Fame potential, Giants GM Dave Gettleman backed quarterback Davis Webb during an interview on WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Friday.
Gettleman made Barkley, the dynamic Penn State running back who many considered to be the best athlete in the draft, the No. 2 pick on Thursday, passing on Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen as potential heirs to Eli Manning.
"We're talking gold jacket potential, and Saquon has those things," Gettleman said. "When I see him today, I'm going to give him a big hug and I'm going to look at him and say, 'Be Saquon. Don't be anyone else.' "
Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Matt Eisenberg
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was featured alongside free agent Dez Bryant in an Instagram video of the two of them working out together Thursday night.
Bryant, the former Cowboys wideout who has said he would be interested in coming to New York, posted a video of the two of them using battle ropes to train.
Yankees top infield prospect Gleyber Torres said he is looking forward to competing for a spot on New York's Opening Day roster out of spring training after a season cut short due to Tommy John surgery.
Torres, who has been ranked among the top 10 prospects in baseball my multiple organizations, has spent a majority of his minor league career as a shortstop, however saw some time at third base and second base last season.